Beautiful green valley, surrounded by hills, verdant forests and ancient rock shelters is what sums up Samardha, a unique ecotourism destination situated at a distance of just 30 kms from the City of Nawabs-Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
The small village of Samardha is located on the Raisen Road and is a reserved forested area which is part of the Madhya Pradesh Ecotourism Development Board (MPEDB) which was constituted in the year 2005 with a mission to conserve natural resources and sustainable forest management through ecotourism.
The Samardha Jungle Camp is supported by the Village Youth and provides them livelihood too. It also promotes education on conservation and has taken numerous ecotourism activities and initiatives in developing such beautiful destinations.
Located in the middle of the jungle Samardha is an offbeat destination that’s also the first in the Bhopal region which gives you an opportunity to enjoy natural walks, camping, rappelling and so much more.
There is a Forest Rest House that has two prefab cottages while the extra tents are pitched in the rest house area to accommodate larger groups.
This place is also quite popular with the local corporate staff for team building exercises. The spectacular rock formations, dense forests and wildlife makes it a unique getaway from Bhopal city.
Little History: Samardha was once the hunting grounds of the erstwhile Nawabs of Bhopal and aptly known as the ‘Shikargah of Nawabs’.
Adventure Activities includes: Camping, Trekking, rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking and river crossing.
You may also visit the Mahadev Panni (at a village called Sehatganj) and a nearby Cave popularly known as ‘Chudail Dant Gufa’. Sounds interesting! There’s also an opportunity for Archery, climbing commando net and playing paint ball.
Other places of interest include Jhamunjhora Dam, Kewra Dam and Kathotiya.
Accommodation: Comfortable Alpine tents are provided for camping out and includes warm mattresses/sleeping bags etc. The place can accommodate almost 60 people!
Eating at the Camp: The place offers simple, authentic and local cuisine prepared at the site nearby and also seasonally offers Mahua ke cheele, churma ke laddoo, Dal Bafla (a Rajasthani dish like dal batti) and even a succelent desi chulha chicken!
Road Route From Bhopal: Take the Raisen road and look out for Village Padariya, which is a forest check point and here’s where you need to take a left turn and reach Samardha located another 10 kms away.
Railways: From New Delhi, you can take the Bhopal Express (Shaan-e-Bhopal) that leaves at 09.05 PM and reaches at 8:00 Am the next morning and takes approx. 10 hours 45 minutes, so it is quite convenient.
Best Season: July-March
Temperatures: Summer – 25 to 40°C, Winter – 8 to 22°C
Tariff details: Forest Rest House: 800 INR per Room + Meals extra
For Day Trips: 600 INR Per Person
For Night Stays: 1500/- INR Per Person
For details please visit HERE
Website – www.mpecotourism.org
For Enquiries and Booking: +91 8827204841 (Mr. Arun Rai), 07828553838, 07566508167